BMAN’S BLUES REPORT
Elena Maque – Feel Again – New Release Review
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Feel Again, from St Petersburg’s, Elena Maque and it’s a solid compilation of smooth jazzy pop tracks. Opening with funky, original composition, Hey Friend, Maque on airy vocal and sax is joined by Scott Kinsey on keys, Hadrien Feraud on bass, Gary Novak on drums, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Alexeu Nikolaey on tenor sax, and Brad Dutz on percussion. On jazz classic, Lover Man, Maque leads the way on vocal and adds a solid sax solo, backed by Logan Kane on bass and nice Rhodes piano by Kinsey. Pop jazz track, Girl From Ipanema really works nicely in Maque’s vocal range showing richness and nice dexterity in Portuguese as well as English. Weightless is a really nice instrumental with mysterious flavored passages. Maque’s soprano sax lead, supported nicely by Darin Clendenin on piano and D’Vonne Lewis on drums is one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is heavily Latin influenced, Like A Song, with tight percussion work by Dutz and a really nice trombone solo by Dan Marcus. Kinsey lays in a solid piano lead under Maque’s strong vocal blending.